Many students want to keep their practices going when they are at home. If you are toying with the idea of creating your own personal practice, a quick run through of the 5 reasons to start a home yoga practice should motivate you to roll out your sticky mat and get started:
Convenience. Fighting traffic to make it to class on time, remembering to bring your yoga gear, carving out a space for your mat amid the after-work or seasonal studio crowds can feel stressful. Practicing at home can be more of a Zen-like experience.
Savings. Starting a home yoga practice can ultimately save time, energy and money.
Self-knowledge. Practicing on your own is like driving your own car versus being chauffeured. A home practice affords you the opportunity to learn about your body and mind. It is a profound tool for deepening into your own personal relationship with yourself and yoga.
Self-indulgent. How many other endeavors allow you to do whatever you want whenever you want? In your home practice, you can take anywhere from 2 to 90 minutes and do whatever you want at whatever pace, tone, and intensity you choose.
Exponential growth.When you practice regularly at home, the real insights and growth occur.
Easier than you think. The biggest misconception people have about a home practice is they think it should have the same degree of intensity and be as long as a regular class. Not only is this thinking not true, it can sabotage your efforts to establish a home practice.If you want to build a consistent home practice, start by choosing four or five poses that feel great, so you’ll feel compelled (rather than obligated) to roll out your mat.
Self confidence. If your mind is throwing up excuses as to why you can’t practice like . . .
I’m too busy with other more important things…
I don’t have enough time…
I don’t know what to do…
start to realize that if you want to practice, you can, you’re the one that just has to make it happen.
So what are you waiting for? Roll out your mat!